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The correspondents include authors, editors, other publishing companies, literary agents, attorneys, distributors, reviewers, and fans. The letters concern royalties, reprint rights, promotional efforts, contract negotiations, copy-editing, book design, foreign sales, publication dates and other concerns surrounding book publication, distribution, promotion and reprinting. Interspersed among the correspondence are contracts and manuscripts of stories, poems and essays, some of which contain authors' notations. In addition to John Farrar, Roger Straus, Jr., and Robert Giroux, correspondents include other editors, Arthur Wang, Pat Strachan, Roger Straus III, and Linda Healey; and notable authors Donald Barthelme, John Berryman, T.S. Eliot, Robert Graves, Madeleine L'Engle, Bernard Malamud, Thomas Merton, Flannery O'Connor, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Susan Sontag, Francis Steegmuller, Mark Van Doren, Derek Walcott, Edmund Wilson, Tom Wolfe, Marguerite Yourcenar, and many others.